It’s been 3 months now that I moved to Paris and a lot of things happened during those months. Coming from an Asian family, I must admit that I am missing my grandmother’s delicious fish curry, my father’s deep fried chicken or even steamed eggs and as surprising as it might be, my mother’s cooking. While we have been testing my friends and I, some Asian restaurants in Paris (by the way, why are Japanese restaurants owned by Chinese and not Japanese??) , I came across this canteen that just opened a few months ago at 27 boulevard du Temple, 75003 Paris, France.
Compared to other Asian restaurants, the menu is a short one and it was exactly what I liked when going to restaurants. I am very fussy when it comes to food and I’ve been to many restaurants with several pages for the menu and I often wondered how they managed to cook all those dishes.
To get back to the Goku Asian Canteen, the name makes me think of Sangoku of Dragonball Z (Yes, I was born and raised in the generation that watched this). The place itself is nice with a well thought interior decoration and if you’re brave enough to sit outside, they do have places for outdoor eating. It is a Vietnamese woman who runs the kitchen.
The only downside for me was the waiting time to get my order. It seemed that the chef was not there when I went to have my lunch and we waited for more than 20 minutes to get our order (You know how people are when they are hungry ;)). For the price range, 15€ was the highest price I saw on the menu and the prices for the drinks were relatively ok.
I must admit that I slightly apprehended eating there because I have been to so many Asian restaurants in Paris and I have most of the time been deceived by the food. However, I am very happy to have discovered the Goku Asian Canteen and will definitely go there again to curb my cravings for Asian food.
Another spot to hit if you are hungry if you happen to be wandering in the Marais area.